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  2. Denver Zoo is now the new home of three Spotted Hyena cubs! Kelele (keh-LAY-lay), a male born on June 26, arrived from the Buffalo Zoo on July 31. On August 1, two unnamed females, born June 11, arrived from Kapi’yva Exotics, a private facility in Houston, Texas, that specializes in the propagation of rare and endangered species. The cubs must first pass a mandatory, month-long quarantine before visitors can see them. (via Spotted Hyena Cubs Fly to Denver - ZooBorns)

     
  3. A mid-20th century house with a heavy dose of the 21st century thrown in. The end result is this rather appealing 1950s midcentury modern property in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

    It looks faithful to the original 1957 design at first glance and in many ways it is, with the expanse of glass and open spaces likely to have been the order of the day back in the mid-1950s.

    All of which will cost you around $824,900, which works out at around £488,000. (via On the market: 1950s midcentury modern property in Alexandria, Virginia, USA « WowHaus)

     
  4. Breitling is back with a bang this summer, with the reinvention of their statement military inspired timepiece, the Avenger Blackbird. (via Breitling Avenger Blackbird - Authentic Watch Reviews | Watch Report | WatchReport.com)

     

  5. A Queensland disability pensioner with a love of dingoes has begun a personal crusade to save the animals from extinction in the wild.
    Simon Stretton is battling biosecurity regulations and opposition from farmers as he tries to create a reservoir of purebred dingo genes to pr …

     
  6. Plastic probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind when you think of a tourbillon. But here we have the Tourbillon 1000%, a functioning scale model of a tourbillon 3D printed at, you guessed it, 10 times the size of a typical tourbillon. New York watchmaker and horologist Nicholas Manousos did all the design and engineering work himself and even modified a commercially available 3D printer to be able to create the necessary components in his Harlem workshop. (via The Tourbillon 1000%: A 3D Printed Horological Sculpture Designed And Produced In New York City — HODINKEE - Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories)

     
  7. This sharp little Honda CB360 from Federal Moto is a prime example. Despite only being the Canadian workshop’s second build, it’s loaded with attitude and ticks all sorts of boxes. It’s based on two, non-runner ’74 CB360 donors that had to be Frankensteined into one—on a budget. “The client is a young guy that lives, works, and parties downtown,” explains Federal’s Shaun Brandt, “hence we’ve named it ‘The Couch Surfer’. He wanted a whippy little tracker that he could tear around downtown, jump curbs, and have fun with.” (via Honda CB360 by Federal Moto | Bike EXIF)

     
  8. Chester Zoo, in Upton-by-Chester, Chester, UK, recently welcomed four baby Rock Hyraxes! Born July 20, at the zoo’s African Painted Dog Exhibit, the quad of babies were just a few ounces at birth, and they looked like miniature versions of their parents, with eyes and ears open. (via Rock Hyrax Quad Born at Chester Zoo - ZooBorns)

     
  9. The Sowden House, built by Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful, unique structure, sometimes referred to as the “Jaws house” for its windows that resemble a shark’s open mouth, was built in 1926. The 5,600 square foot home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles is currently for sale, listed at $4,875,000. The house also has the dubious distinction of formerly belonging to a suspect in one of the most notorious unsolved murder cases in American history, the Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short) murder. From 1945 to 1951, the Sowden house was owned by Dr. George Hodel, who at one time was the prime suspect of the L.A. District Attorney in the Short murder. Hodel’s son, former L.A.P.D. homicide detective Steve Hodel, even wrote a book claiming that his father killed Elizabeth Short somewhere in the Sowden House. (via Houses With Checkered Pasts That Are Currently For Sale - Neatorama)

     

  10. Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would associate me with watercress sandwiches. Still, every year or so someone takes me aside and says, you actually are weird …

     
  11. This special Deepsea model is the same as the standard Ref. 116660 model, except for the new dial. According to Rolex, “The deep blue to pitch-black gradient dial is reminiscent of the ocean’s twilight zone, where the last trickle of light from the surface disappears into the abyss. The “DEEPSEA” marking on the new dial adopts the colour of James Cameron’s green submersible as it is seen underwater.” (via PROFESSIONAL WATCHES: Rolex launches Deepsea with D-Blue dial in tribute to James Cameron)

     
  12. Twycross Zoo had a very special announcement on the 23rd of July. The zoo, in Atherstone, Warwickshire, UK, is now home to two more of the rarest big cats on earth! The pair of Amur Leopard cubs were born to their two year old mother, Kristen, on June 2nd. (via Rare Amur Leopards Born at UK Zoo - ZooBorns)

     
  13. CplusC Architectural Workshop designed the renovation of a 1920s home in Sydney, Australia. (via Before & After photos of the Kensington Residence by CplusC Architectural Workshop » CONTEMPORIST)

     
  14. Barking Central links commercial needs with civic engagement to breathe life into what had become something of a forgotten Thames Gateway backwater. A cluster of new buildings – a diverse mix of forms, heights, tones and textures – are positioned around the existing Barking Town Hall to capture a civic square and reintroduce historical routes. Phase one, completed in 2007, is a U-shaped block of apartments perching on a colonnade of v-shaped props. (via Barking Central / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris | ArchDaily)

     
  15. Specht Harpman Architects have designed the Weston Residence in Connecticut. (via Weston Residence by Specht Harpman Architects » CONTEMPORIST)